Report: Saudi Money Behind Madrid Bombing

(AP/Guardian-UK) A Saudi cleric funneled money to an Egyptian described as one of the masterminds of the Madrid train bombings in March, Spain's El Mundo and Italy's Corriere della Sera reported Thursday. The Egyptian suspect, Rabei Osman Ahmed, arrested in Milan, Italy, in June, identified Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, a former university professor in Saudi Arabia, as his financier while he was living in Spain between 2001 and 2003. In a wiretapped conversation before his arrest, Osman Ahmed reportedly said: "The Madrid attack is my project."

2004-10-01 00:00:00

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